How to Stop Spam Mail

Written by Herman Drost

Part 1 of this article ( discussed how to efficiently organize your email so you can spend more time on building a profitable business.

One ofrepparttar most annoying aspects of dealing with incoming email is spam mail (unsolicited email). It fills up your email box, takes up your precious time, and seems to only get worse. You may even delete your personal or business email that was mistaken for spam mail.

This could result in lost business to you.

In Part 2 of this article you will discover solutions to help you stop spam mail. This allows you to spend more time building a profitable business.

Apart from just hittingrepparttar 132725 delete button each day here are some timesaving solutions:

1. Userepparttar 132726 filters orrepparttar 132727 message rules of your email client.

a) In outlook express (since it isrepparttar 132728 most popular email client) go to tools - message rules - mail - mail rules - new

b) Under "select conditions for your rule", check "whererepparttar 132729 subject line contains specific words".

c) Under "selectrepparttar 132730 actions for your rule" check "delete it".

d) Under "rule description" click on "contains specific words" - enter words or phrases that you never wish to receive again.

e) Under "name of rule" provide an appropriate name forrepparttar 132731 rule ie JUNK.

f) Click OK

Creating this JUNK rule will automatically delete emails containingrepparttar 132732 specific words or phrases you entered.

There are many other rules you can apply (ie move certain messages to specific folders automatically), depending on what you need.

Here are a couple of web sites that list phrases and keywords frequently used in spam mail:

2. Use anti-spam software.

You can install software either on your computer (client side) or on your web host (server side).

a) Client Side - software that resides on your computer.

The Anti-Spam Zealots who went to the FTC Spam Forum

Written by John Calder

Onrepparttar three days from April 30 through Friday, May 2, 2003, repparttar 132722 FTC (Federal Trade Commission) held a "Spam Forum" in Washington, D.C.

According torepparttar 132723 FTC website,repparttar 132724 purpose of this forum was "to addressrepparttar 132725 proliferation of unsolicited commercial e-mail and to explorerepparttar 132726 technical, legal, and financial issues associated with it."

Whilerepparttar 132727 FTC and other government entities try to figure out how they can legally addressrepparttar 132728 Spam issue, they are doing so without consulting with those of us who run small businesses online. Ofrepparttar 132729 97 people who spoke atrepparttar 132730 forum,repparttar 132731 majority was technicians and lawyers who representrepparttar 132732 ISP's and Anti-Spam companies. A few ofrepparttar 132733 people even represented large bulk email companies.

Forum participants could not even agree on a proper definition of "spam" --- yet they propose that they arerepparttar 132734 best qualified to help writerepparttar 132735 laws that will eliminate spam?

My question is this, who representedrepparttar 132736 small business owner andrepparttar 132737 small publishers atrepparttar 132738 FTC spam forum? No one really. It was not becauserepparttar 132739 small business segment did not have representatives willing to speak on their behalf. In fact, both and --- both of whom represent small online businesses --- had petitioned to have their representatives speak atrepparttar 132740 forum, but both were turned down.

You can readrepparttar 132741 list ofrepparttar 132742 people who DID speak atrepparttar 132743 FTC "Spam Forum" at:

Should you honestly believerepparttar 132744 anti-spam profiteers had your interests in mind when they hadrepparttar 132745 opportunity to speak to repparttar 132746 FTC?

Here are some ofrepparttar 132747 anti-spam profiteers who found representation atrepparttar 132748 FTC "Spam Forum":

Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS) SpamCon Foundation SpamCop The Spamhaus Project Habeas

Even inrepparttar 132749 hallowed lists ofrepparttar 132750 anti-spam zealots,repparttar 132751 profiteers aren't taken very seriously sometimes. When addressing Anne P. Mitchell, Esq., CEO of Habeas, Inc., a member ofrepparttar 132752 SPAM-L list suggested:

"What makes you think that 'we' trust Habeas any more than any other organisation whose business model depends on spam continuing to exist in order to stay in business."

Good point.

William Waggoner, founder of AAW Marketing LLC in Las Vegas, Nevada, did actually support my own point of view. He suggested atrepparttar 132753 "Spam Forum" that technology techniques like spam filtering hurts even legitimate email marketers!

You know whom Mr. Waggoner was talking about. He was talking about those e-mail marketers who have actually acquired permission fromrepparttar 132754 email recipient to send them commercial email.

When someone inrepparttar 132755 forum audience laughed at his comment, Waggoner fired back, "You think that's funny?"

So why did they laugh? This gets torepparttar 132756 heart of whyrepparttar 132757 FTC Spam Forum was bad news forrepparttar 132758 legitimate email marketer. Many anti-spam zealots do not believe that there is such a thing as "legitimate commercial email!"

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